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Mugabe just keeps going

2012-02-20 22:20

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is expected to be presented with a very large cake on his 88th birthday on Tuesday, ahead of elaborate and costly official events to mark the occasion in the impoverished nation.

The ageing and reportedly ill Mugabe, who has been at the helm of since independence in 1980, has insisted repeatedly in recent weeks that he will continue to run Zimbabwe for the foreseeable future.

As it does every year, the media is likely to capture Mugabe as he marks the occasion, posing with the birthday cake presented by family and staff.

In the days that follow, the festivities that have been organised by his special "21st of February Movement", are to kick off.

Some 5 000 members of Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and their families are expected to attend the main party, which is to be followed by the finals of a special football tournament - the 1-million-dollar Bob '88 Super Cup.

There will also be a Miss February 21 beauty pageant.

Mugabe is believed to be recovering from prostate cancer, and last year flew repeatedly to Singapore, for what observers said were "rejuvenation treatments".

At key public events last year, including party conferences, Mugabe was seen falling asleep and generally appeared to be weakening.

However, since his most recent return from the Far East last month, Mugabe has embarked on a strong public relations campaign.

No one else

The president has held a wave of interviews and public speeches and, at a football event, was photographed puffing into a vuvuzela.

His reinvigorated appearance has been accompanied by a firm stance on his future political role in the southern African nation.

"All the people support that I stand," Mugabe said about the next election. "There is no one [else] who can stand at the moment," he told state media in an interview at the weekend.

While Zanu-PF says it wants to hold elections this year, the rival Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and civil society groups say they want constitutional reforms to be concluded first.

The MDC is part of the coalition government in place since 2008, when Zanu-PF was forced by its regional neighbours to share power, following elections that were marked by violence and allegations of fraud.

Observers say Zanu-PF wants its veteran leader on the ticket for the next election, in part, as no one else in the party has been groomed to take over the job.

Officials in neighbouring South Africa - which is in charge of monitoring the fragile and often violated coalition deal - have already publicly expressed concern about a messy succession in Zimbabwe, should Mugabe die while in power.

Comments
  • Arp Liebenberg - 2012-02-20 22:49

    Mugabe lost the previous 2 elections but refused to except it, only a Gadaffi repeat will solve the problem!

      Putin the " - 2012-02-21 07:16

      and some adult classes will solve your accept/except!! haaai, dutch man

      Putin the " - 2012-02-21 07:41

      No offence Oom!! het jy a lekker more vandag?

      thitos - 2012-02-21 07:53

      Pity there is no oil in Zimbabwe

  • Xavier7034 - 2012-02-20 23:05

    Classic Kamakaze Pilot Bob the Mug

  • miyo27 - 2012-02-20 23:11

    So they're having a big mega-expensive party for this old boon? sounds like the recent ANC bash which nobody gave crap about. How about saving the money and celebrating when he's dead, then there'll be reason to celebrate!

  • Smell - 2012-02-21 00:10

    How about a big surprise in the cake that goes "tick, tick, tick...."

  • Sheik - 2012-02-21 00:12

    The good news is that he can't live forever. The Grim Reaper waits.

  • jcalitz3 - 2012-02-21 00:36

    The people in South Africa do not realise that South Africa is keeping Mugabe in power. We supply Zimbabwe with electricity, food, salaries, petrol, you buy South African petrol and diesel cheaper in Zimbabwe than in South Africa. To keep that puppet regime in power the South African tax payers are paying a huge price and who are the losers the poor people in South Africa, our education, our rail transport, our infrastructure and so we can go on and on.

  • Steward - 2012-02-21 00:37

    True evil never dies...

  • Sylvia - 2012-02-21 03:03

    A disgusting waste of money. What's to celebrate?

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 03:55

    As a leader, President Robert Mugabe is exceptional, the man is in a class of his own. At his worst, the man is a genious and at his best he is a magician. Zimbabwe was quite blessed to have him as a leader. Not only is he suitable to be the leader of his country Zimbabwe but can be the leader of any other nation on earth including the USA and UK. Happy Birthday my HERO!! Long live President Mugabe!!!

      Blink - 2012-02-21 07:07

      You lost me at 'genious'

      John - 2012-02-21 07:18

      I trust that this is an attempt at sarcasm

      Jennifer - 2012-02-21 09:34

      Ha ha ha Samora, you are such a funny guy thanks for giving me something to laugh about today, everybody needs a good old hearty laugh now and then ha ha ha :D

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 04:29

    Happy Birthday Comrade President Robert Gabriel Mugabe! You are a hero among heroes, a gallant liberator among liberators, a true patriot, a principled teacher and above all a visionary. You saved us from the jaws of neo-imperialism, you fought back for our land you are fighting hard to economically liberate us from our oppressors. Unfortunately, through their puppets, our own brothers, they tried to no avail to stop you through evil and illegal sanctions, regime change agenda, economic sabortage and dividing our people. For how long shall they kill our prophets why we stand aside and look? LONG LIVE MUGABE! Aluta Continua!!!

      Warren Nel - 2012-02-21 04:49

      Samora, I have watched that country rot, step by step. Never improvement, just further rot. It is sad. I do not understand how you can congrtatulate Mugabe? The people were liberated, yes, well done Bob and congrtatulations....but it ends there in 1980. From that year on, Zim has been in a steady decline, whilst coming from a thriving and stable platform. It is inexcusable, a crime. Samora have you seen how Mugabe lives, and is protected? ...and your family? Its blatantly obvious you have sheep syndrome. Keep supporting the looters in Zanu PF chap. You supported the countries demise.

      Kevin - 2012-02-21 06:39

      Samora, my dear fellow, I worked in Zimbabwe for some time until a year ago. Your 'visionary' hero has flattened the country's farms, mines and exports. He can't even get it's currency going again. A significant part of the financial world globally, won't deal with him and has embargoes on Zim goods, Zim money and in many cases, Aid to Zim is being withheld because of Mr Mugabe. It's not hard to see he's led the Country one way only. But if that's the objective you want to see achieved, then I question your 'loyalty' and thinking.......

      Denise - 2012-02-21 07:01

      A Zimbabwean with a computer and access to Media 24. Samora, you are either working for Bob or living in South Africa. If you are living in SA, please go home. Or maybe you are just a Troll.

      Henri James Christie - 2012-02-21 07:18

      Certainly hope you are living in Zim, you ignorant moron and not sponging off SA!!!

      Robert - 2012-02-21 07:19

      I assume this article is a "come on". No person in his or her right mind would class that murderer a "hero". Ask the vast majority of black Zimbabweans, especially the Matabele who were murdered by Mugabes regime. However, Thamsanqa, a good bite.

      sefeddt - 2012-02-21 07:26

      For someone that speaks of hatred for western countries and their cultures, he sure clings to all the pomp and ceremony of them, flashy cars, brass bands, fancy uniforms. Also why does Mugabe drive fancy German cars, you would think with his dislike for the west and love for China he would at least drive a Chinese manufactured one, but then it does not have quite the same prestige.

      Kevin Nicklin - 2012-02-21 07:42

      You actually do get idiots like Samora who repeatedly vote Mugabe in and sing his praises. It's sad when colour and race blind such people's vision of reality. But remember, for who the bell tolls, just look at Egypt and Libya. Question is Samora, will you still sing Mugabes praises when such a change happens....... I think not!

      thitos - 2012-02-21 07:50

      Thanks Samora. Mugabe is not the only wrong one here. Simply because he wouldn't budge, the west imposes sanctions on Zim. When will people open their eyes and see whats happening in the world apart from what the media tells. The media has deep rooted agendas. The same media purported apartheid, Bush's weapons of mass destruction, Libyan regime change. People open your eyes PLEASE. It's sad to see people walking blind like this. They want you to believe that Mugabe is destroying Zim. Well maybe to an extent he is, by being so damn stubborn, sometimes I wish Zim had oil, but much of the damage is done by the west. It's the fight for energy resources. NATO corrupts the UN security council to get their way. Simply put. Lancaster Agreement anyone??? Warren Nel, everything you said is a lie. Go lie to your children please and have them believe this rubbish. The world is getting smaller and smaller. The focus is shifting east. Wake up. Thumbs down please. I understand the News24 sheeple, and their demographics, they don't process anything. Thumbs down please.

      Warren Nel - 2012-02-21 23:12

      Thitos.....i was born, and am from Zim. Please dont call me a liar. The truth is out there. If you believe Mugabe, well then fine. I wont try to change your mind, however as a witness of countless economies, i pity you, your families future. I have been around mate. You have a bihg problem. Best of luck to you and your family. I hope they they grow, and will not be blinded by your denial.

  • Sarel Brits - 2012-02-21 06:35

    One day hopefully not to long in the future me and some other whenwe's will be having a double whisky when Bob gets called from this life to account for all the murder chaos and mayhem he caused (mostly to his own poeple) and going back I will dance on his grave.

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-21 06:52

    Despicable human being - Zimbabwe's destroyer.

      thitos - 2012-02-21 07:37

      Britain destroyed Zim!!! Truth!!! Don't fall for the propaganda.

      Bob - 2012-02-21 10:45

      Thitos you may have a point there, the Selous scouts had identified a massive terrorist base and just needed the OK from the british government to take it and all it's occupants out, unfortunately the british government did not give the OK, it might have been a different story had that killing gone ahead, who knows maybe Bobby was even at that camp.

  • Orapeleng Molosiwa - 2012-02-21 07:10

    Happy birthday Mr President,we love you...:)

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-02-21 07:28

    This guy has an impressive DNA set to be able to live this long with all the stress he has.

  • Rainbow - 2012-02-21 07:38

    mugape is a puppet that is keeping the military leaders in control. They are the true evils in this scenario. They will keep him there as long as they can even if it means starting a war. With thousands of, substance abusing criminal minded " thugs" filling their army ranks the people wouldnt stand a chance. It would be a mass slaughter. BUt his regime will fall eventually and hopefully all the zimbos will then go back to their own country and stop sponging off ours.

  • Jean-Marc - 2012-02-21 08:36

    Lets hope he chokes to death on his cake!

  • Vicky - 2012-02-21 08:59

    singularly unfortunate that he is still alive - but there are more like him, just awaiting his demise in order to continue raping that beautiful country. So sad. Nothing to celebrate at all, let alone waste all that money. Wicked wicked waste.

  • Samora Machel Thamsanqa - 2012-02-21 09:26

    Happy birthday to Africa's FINEST All-time President - Robert Mugabe...drown urself if u dnt like him, I dnt CARE!

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